MOSCOW, Id. (News Release) The University of Idaho College of Law plans to launch new Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program fall semester 2016.
The program was approved by the State Board of Education on Feb. 18, one month after approval by the American Bar Association. The final step in approval is review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
A Master of Laws is an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree that can be completed in nine months. Law students often pursue the LL.M. to gain expertise in a specialized field of law. At UI, LL.M. students will be able to choose an emphasis in democracy, justice and the American legal system; natural resources and environmental law; business law and entrepreneurship; or litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
“The addition of the LL.M. degree marks a significant academic expansion at the College of Law,” said Dean Mark L. Adams.
The three-year, full-time Juris Doctor (J.D.) has been the only degree offered by the college. Current students complete the first year of their J.D. in Moscow, with the option of finishing their second and third years in Moscow or in Boise at the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center. The college is in the process of getting an expansion of the first year curriculum to Boise approved.
“The goal of our LL.M. degree is to strengthen international lawyers’ knowledge in various areas of American law,” Adams said. “For LL.M. students looking to specialize in one of our four areas of emphasis, this new program enables them to hone in on one legal area of their interest.”
Associate clinical professor of law and Associate Dean of Students for the College of Law Jeffery A. Dodge developed and will oversee the LL.M. program at UI. As faculty director, Dodge will assist LL.M. students with academic, professional and personal needs.
“We are excited about the possibilities this new degree will afford LL.M. students,” Dodge said. “The college will help prepare them as they pursue their degree and return to their home countries to advance their careers. The rich diversity in perspectives and backgrounds these students bring to the college will also contribute greatly to the experience of our Juris Doctor students.”
The LL.M. degree at UI College of Law will focus on enrolling international students with a first law degree from a foreign country. Most LL.M. degree recipients will return to work in legal, academic and business positions in their home countries. The LL.M. degree also qualifies some graduates to hold positions in the judiciary and certain government legal positions, and other potential points of international influence.
More information about the College of Law’s degrees is available at http://www.uidaho.edu/law/academics/degrees.